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10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Executive Session

11:30am Senate Committee on Ethics, Public Hearing

12:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:30pm House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

5:00pm State House Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House, Doric Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

Special Election for Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's seat

Must-Reads

Has Bill Clinton outrun the statute of limitations? » Boston Globe How long can Bill Clinton get away with this? …

Amid leadership crisis, Harriette Chandler to serve as Mass. Senate president » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate, in the grip of its worst leadership crisis in memory, on Monday temporarily replaced its embattled president, Stanley C. Rosenberg, and set in motion a Senate investigation s…

Billy Bush says Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape is real » ABC News Billy Bush said it was indeed Donald Trump's voice captured on a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape talking about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women. …

Chandler elected president, investigation launched in day of Senate upheaval » State House News Service The Senate initiated an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler…

How Donald Trump is reportedly trying to block Mitt Romney's potential Senate run » Boston.com As the president visited Utah on Monday, he also was embarking on a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince Hatch not to retire, according to Politico. …

Stan Rosenberg's presidency ends » Boston Globe And so ends the Senate presidency of Stan Rosenberg. That's not the official line, of course. At this point, Rosenberg is supposedly just surrendering the gavel for the duration of the investigation i…

Senate tax bill poised to hit R&D-heavy Massachusetts hard » Boston Business Journal The tax overhaul passed by the U.S. Senate over the weekend could carry major implications for research and development at local technology companies and other firms, tax experts said. …

Why are Globe reporters shilling for this billionaire? » Dig Boston For a lot of people in the media, Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell has been a punching bag these past few months. As one of the hardcores who remained on the White House manufacturing council even a…

Michael Dukakis's Last Stand » Boston Magazine At a little after 7 in the morning on a sunny weekday in October, I park on a quiet street in Brookline lined with hundred-year-old homes. I'm early, so I get out of my car to look around; a woman of …

"This investigation needs to take as long as it takes and it needs to go where the facts take it," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester. "And so for us to impose any arbitrary limitations tonight would be a mistake."

Senator Bruce Tarr

Speaking about the investigation of Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Warren questions Conway's role in curbing opioid epidemic » The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking for clarification on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's role in combating the opioid epidemic.…

'A stain on the GOP.' Mitt Romney takes a lonely stand against Roy Moore » Boston Herald President Donald Trump's endorsement of Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore has emboldened support for the embattled candidate by some within the GOP — but not all.…

Business

Berkshire Museum pushes for speedy appeal, citing 'precarious condition' » The Berkshire Eagle Lawyers for the Berkshire Museum, citing the "severe cost" of paused art sales to an institution in a "precarious financial condition," want a three-judge panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court to a…

GE plans minor tweaks to future Boston HQ campus » Boston Business Journal Boston-based General Electric Co. is making three minor changes to its future headquarters campus, according to a notice of project change filed Friday with the Boston Planning and Development Agency.…

Two paths revealed for Suffolk Downs » Boston Herald The redevelopers of Suffolk Downs plan as many as 7,500 to 10,000 residential units on the former thoroughbred horse racing track, depending on whether Amazon.com Inc. chooses to site its second North…

State weighs ban on commercial striped bass fishing » The Salem News Striped bass are New England's premier sport fish, sought by thousands of anglers who prize them for a fighting spirit and high-quality fillets.…

COMMERCIAL STRIPED BASS FISHERY BAN PROPOSED » The Fisherman

Crimes

Should laws loosen on sex trade to protect those forced into prostitution? » Lowell Sun Sex workers in Massachusetts would effectively be safe from arrest and prosecution under a new bill filed this session by a Newton representative, and local lawmakers have mixed feelings on it.…

Education

Director of Madison Park high school in Boston is placed on leave » Boston Globe Boston public school officials placed the executive director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School on paid leave Monday, making him the latest leader of the troubled Roxbury school to fall …

Graduate students would pay a price under GOP tax plan » Boston Globe Thousands of graduate students in Massachusetts and across the country fear that their tax bills will climb dramatically if a proposal to end exemptions for tuition benefits makes it into the tax over…

Norfolk rep requests audit of Boston Public Schools » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Shawn Dooley has requested a state audit of Boston Public School spending, but the auditor' office says only Boston can ask for the probe.…

UMass investigated 21 grad student complaints about sexual misconduct against faculty » Gazette Net During the last five years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has investigated 21 sexual harassment or misconduct complaints filed by graduate students against faculty and staff, according to fi…

After 30 years, a beloved UMass Boston janitor losing his job » Boston Globe Last fall, J. Keith Motley kicked off what would become his final year as chancellor of University of Massachusetts Boston with a speech that recognized several employees for exemplary service. He sav…

Environment

Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year » Technology Review The state measures could save hundreds of millions of tons in carbon emissions over the next decade. …

Gaming

Bay State casinos eye ruling on sports books » Boston Herald The Supreme Court is expected to clear the way for sports gambling across the country, and the Bay State casino industry is keeping an eye on what could be a game-changing decision.…

Health Care

Could CVS become the Genius Bar of health care? » Boston Globe CVS Health wants to be a new “front door” to the health care system, like the Genius Bar at Apple stores, where customers can walk in and seek help.…

Housing

14 area cities and towns pledge to push for new housing development » Boston Globe Mayors of 14 Boston-area cities and towns are pledging to work together to address the region's severe housing shortage.…

Human Services

Veteran injured in service fights for caregiver benefits » Boston Globe Alexis Courneen was a 19-year-old only two weeks out of Coast Guard boot camp, serving on her first boat and embracing the challenges of military life like so many of her family before her, when her l…

Trial to begin for 3 Bridgewater guards in 2009 patient death » Patriot Ledger Joshua Messier, a 23-year-old from Charlton, suffered a fatal heart attack on May 4, 2009 after a half-dozen guards forcefully strapped him to a bed in Bridgewater State Hospital.…

Judiciary

Massachusetts SJC to hear arguments on Maura Healey's Exxon Mobil investigation » The Republican The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether Attorney General Maura Healey has authority to compel Exxon Mobil to comply with her investigation.…

Exxon climate-change probe goes to Massachusetts top court » Nasdaq Exxon Mobil Corp will urge Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to allow it to avoid handing over records to the state's attorney general amid a probe into whether the oil company misled investors and …

SJC to hear arguments on dog searches of state prison visitors » The Republican Massachusetts' highest court on Thursday will hear a challenge to the state's policy of using dogs to screen visitors to state prisons.…

Labor

Former state labor secretary named to panel on leader pay » Boston Herald A former top lieutenant to Gov. Deval Patrick who resigned under a cloud is joining the city board that is preparing to recommend new six-figure salary ranges for top city posts, including members of …

Family Leave, Wage Question Supporters to File Signatures » Capecod.com BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of two questions designed to aid workers in Massachusetts say they've collected enough voter signatures to help guarantee the questions a place on the 2018 ballot.…

Retail chief sees wage, paid leave efforts as bid to drive turnout » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Harriette Chandler says she'll be named acting Senate president » Boston Herald State Sen. Harriette Chandler, the Senate's majority leader and top deputy, is poised to become the chamber's acting Senate President and replace Stanley Rosenberg amid the whirlwind of turmoil that's…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Suffolk DA ready to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against Bryon Hefner » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley said Monday they are ready to investigate reported sexual misconduct allegations against Bryon Hefner, the husband …

Political Notes: Cyr, deMacedo respond to Senate upheaval » Cape Cod Times The Cape and islands' two state senators have responded to the controversy swirling around the legislative body's leader, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst.…

Massachusetts senators set in motion ethics probe into allegations against Stan Rosenberg's spouse » The Republican After spending most of the day behind closed doors, Massachusetts senators on Monday approved an investigation into the conduct of Sen. Stan Rosenberg and the effects of the conduct of his spouse Bryo…

Battenfeld: Lawmakers flub process » Boston Herald Massachusetts lawmakers could have made a bold statement but instead they copped out. The end result is that Massachusetts now has, in effect, two Senate presidents — an “acting” o…

Amid leadership crisis, Harriette Chandler to serve as Mass. Senate president » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate, in the grip of its worst leadership crisis in memory, on Monday temporarily replaced its embattled president, Stanley C. Rosenberg, and set in motion a Senate investigation s…

Senate President Rosenberg Stepping Down (For Now — Refresh For Updates) Worcester's Chandler is IN! » New Boston Post State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) has confirmed to New Boston Post that Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler, after roughly an eight-hour Democratic caucus, has been named (for now) acting Senat…

Rosenberg gives up leadership post while Senate investigates allegations against his spouse » The Recorder Several hours after Senate President Stanley Rosenberg agreed to temporarily step aside from his leadership role to allow for an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his husband, Majority L…

Majority Leader to Replace Mass. Senate President Amid Investigation » NBC Washington The announcement came late Monday after a nearly eight-hour Democratic caucus held behind closed doors at the State House. Rosenberg announced earlier Monday he would take a leave of absence from his …

Stan Rosenberg was right to take leave of absence, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr says » The Republican Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, said Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, took the right step by taking a leave of absence from the presidency during the investigation into all…

Harriette Chandler takes top post while Stanley Rosenberg on temp leave » Boston Herald The state Senate is turning to Stanley C. Rosenberg's hand-picked deputy to serve as acting president in his place, capping a tumultuous day for a chamber struggling to grapple with the explosive sex…

Top Democrat steps aside during misconduct probe of husband » The Washington Post The state Senate elected an acting president after former President Stan Rosenberg changed course Monday and agreed to relinquish his leadership responsibilities amid sexual misconduct allegations inv…

UPDATED: Rosenberg agrees to relinquish presidency while investigation unfolds » The Recorder Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, under mounting pressure from inside and outside of the State House, intends to step down as the leader of the Senate for the unknown duration of an investigation in…

Chandler Elected President, Investigation Launched In Day Of Senate Upheaval » WBUR The Senate initiated an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now-former president, Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandl…

Harriette Chandler to serve as acting Mass. Senate President » Boston.com The state Senate elected an acting president after former President Stan Rosenberg changed course Monday and agreed to relinquish his leadership responsibilities amid sexual misconduct …

Acting president elected in Mass. Senate as Rosenberg steps aside amid probe into husband's conduct » The Berkshire Eagle The Senate initiated an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler…

AG, DA prepared to open criminal probe into Rosenberg's husband » Boston Herald

State Senate must change course quickly » Sentinel & Enterprise

Cyr Says He Supports Investigation of Former Senate President » Capecod.com

Local officials say support for Rosenberg still strong » Sentinel & Enterprise As leadership of the Senate slipped out of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's hands Monday, officials nearly 100 miles away in the former Senate president's hometown applauded his decision to step aside and sai…

Local Government

Bond bill breathes hope into Franklin County capital projects » The Recorder Due to a $3.5 billion bond bill approved by the House of Representatives, some big-ticket Franklin County projects have been given new hope.…

Get elected in Holyoke get elected only in Holyoke: Council considers rule change » The Republican Elected city officials would be prohibited from holding other elected positions such as in the state Legislature under a proposal a City Council committee recommended Monday.…

2 Former Boston Officials Plead Not Guilty to Amended Charges » NBC Boston Two former top aides of Boston's mayor accused of extorting a music festival on behalf of union labor earlier this year appeared in federal court to face amended charges on Monday morning.…

Worcester spent $10.7K on its pitch for Amazon HQ2 » telegram.com The city of Worcester spent $10,782 on its application for Amazon's second headquarters, public records posted online show, with the majority of the money spent on a two-minute video. That sum was the…

Judge: Extortion case changes must be explained » Boston Herald Prosecutors in the City Hall extortion case must give defense lawyers detailed information explaining why the indictments for two top mayoral aides were rewritten a month before their trial, a federal…

A Tale of Two Recoveries a Decade Since the Recession » Governing

Marijuana

Bill Provides $2.7 Million for Massachusetts Pot Regulators » US News and World Report Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts have been given some more funding to do their job.…

Danvers bans recreational pot shops » The Salem News Despite please by some to zone rather than ban recreational marijuana establishments in town, Special Town Meeting voted Monday to prohibit them in Danvers.…

Opinion

Cruelly, irrationally, US would let valuable Dreamers slip away » Boston Globe Human capital is the most valuable form of wealth. In the case of the United States, decades of positive demographic growth, driven mostly by immigration, have been the key to its standing as a world …

A modest step on guns, threatened by House GOP » Boston Globe Rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to back sensible gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. Really, it…

Battenfeld: Lawmakers flub Sen. prez process » Boston Herald Massachusetts lawmakers could have made a bold statement but instead they copped out.…

Editorial: No easy way out » Boston Herald Let's bottom line this increasingly tangled affair involving the husband of state Senate President Stan Rosenberg and a list that now includes five men who claim they were groped, kissed and in one in…

Carr: 'Hands' Hefner could net $2M from sugar daddy's benefits » Boston Herald Almost two million dollars, maybe even more. That's the answer to today's big question: how much does the 30-year-old Pee Wee Herman look-alike spouse of the 68-year-old state Senate president stand t…

How Anthony Scaramucci tried to shut down criticism at Tufts » Boston Globe Last month, I wrote three opinion pieces for the Tufts Daily, about my pride in the college, including the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where I am a graduate student.…

Rosenberg and his Senate can't decide what's right and wrong » Boston Globe It took Stan Rosenberg five days to reach a conclusion that was blindingly obvious to most anyone who isn't a politician or a partisan.…

Public Health

Rehab facilities ordered to enforce long-ignored law » Cape Cod Times When Christina Kelley's son wanted to get into treatment but had not used any drugs or alcohol in a few days, Kelley did what she thought she had to do.…

Camera Used by Chief Medical Examiner's Office Missing » NECN The families of more than 800 deceased people have been notified after a camera used by the Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner's office went missing within the last week. …

Public Safety

Billerica jail still houses pre-trial detainees despite state vow to find other location » Lowell Sun Officials pitched it as a "temporary" home for pre-trial detainees.…

State Government

Gov. Baker: Rosenberg was right to step aside » WCVB Governor Baker says the joint effort by Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley asking alleged victims of Bryon Hefner to talk with them is a good thing.…

Healey pushing for climate change documents from ExxonMobil » Boston Globe The Supreme Judicial Court is slated to hear arguments Tuesday in Attorney General Maura Healey's legal battle to find out what ExxonMobil knew about climate change -- and when the company knew it.…

Gov. Charlie Baker says he supports PawSox move to Worcester » Boston.com Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has made his first indication that he supports moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island to Worcester.…

Without primary date, Mass. stands alone among states » State House News Service Every two years, the state holds an election. And every two years, voters head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November.…

Transportation

MBTA Chief Puts A Bullseye On Bus Service » WGBH News MBTA officials spent much of their weekly meeting Monday discussing buses: the current state of bus service; what the demands might be for bus in decades to come; what it would take to improve bus ser…

T's director of parking leaves authority » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA's DIRECTOR OF PARKING left the transit authority on Friday after just a little over a year on the job, raising concerns that oversight of one of the transit authority's major sources of reven…

Utilities

Massachusetts approves Eversource rate increase to help boost EV, storage investment » Utility Dive The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has approved rate increases for Eversource utilities NSTAR Electric Co. and Western Massachusetts Electric Co., though regulators significantly trimmed the req…

Trump casts a long shadow on the solar industry » Boston Globe In Costa Nicolaou's 10 years running a North Andover-based solar company, he never chose to invest his time and money on Washington lobbying.…

I-Team: After Consumers Struggle To Get Mass Save Rebates, Utilities Promise Improvements » CBS Boston WESTFORD (CBS) – At her century-old Westford home, Wendy Gloyd said it became obvious some energy upgrades were needed to make it more comfortable in the winter.…

Eversource Energy acquires Acquarion water company with customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire » The Republican New England's largest energy company is now the owner of New England's largest private water company.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

As Tax Overhaul Looms, Senate Has Upper Hand » Roll Call

Sen. Michael Barrett: Stan Rosenberg should remain Senate president during investigation » MassLive

Not all businesses like the GOP tax cuts. Just ask some big local industries » The Boston Globe

Lobster shortage reported off coast of Massachusetts, rising ocean temperatures faulted » MassLive

AG, Suffolk DA say criminal probe possible in case of Rosenberg's spouse » Boston Globe

Rosenberg gives up presidency, says move will make investigation credible » State House News Service

For the first time, a study finds double-booked surgeries put patients at risk » Boston Globe

Race for Flanagan's Senate seat to be settled Tuesday » Lowell Sun

Group protests new power plant on Cape Cod Canal » South Coast Today

Senators face choice: Stand by Rosenberg or chart new course » State House News Service

Weymouth compressor review could take a year, state says » Wicked Local Weymouth

Guv candidates check in as Senate leadership struggle continues » The Valley Dispatch

More public speak out, Facebook page among improvements Holyoke Council considering » MassLive

Boston Prepares for Climate Change » The Huffington Post

Nursing facilities, and their residents, will feel impact if Haitians' status ends » The Boston Globe

How Anthony Scaramucci tried to shut down criticism at Tufts » The Boston Globe

Editorial: Springfield's Deteriorating Municipal Turnout Needs Action… » Western Mass Politics and Insight

Mitt Romney says electing Roy Moore would be 'a stain' on both the Republican Party and the country » Boston.com

Rosenberg to step down as Senate president during investigation » Boston Herald

Majority leader nominated as acting Massachusetts Senate president » WCVB

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